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Sp Setia's Results Likely to Be Below Expectation

MAYBANK Kim Eng said SP Setia Bhd's nine months 2014 results, which will be released this week, is likely to be below the research house's expectation, thereby issuing a "hold"call on the stock. Maybank Kim Eng said that SP Setia's Q3 profit could come in at RM100 million to RM110 million, possibly resulting in nine-month 2014 core net earnings to RM241 million to RM251 million, which is 13 to 17 per cent lower year-on-year, citing the underperformance to reasons of higher than expected recog...

Brahim's Upgraded to 'Buy' at Rm1.62

HONG LEONG Investment Bank (HLIB) Research has upgraded Brahim's Holdings Bhd to a "buy", with an unchanged target price of RM1.62 a share, pegged to 13.5 times the price-earnings of the financial year 2015. This came after a news report said Brahim's was in talks with Ekuiti Nasional Bhd to buy the latter's Burger King franchise with the deal expected soon.

Hlib Upbeat On Fitters Foray Into Pvc-O Pipes

HONG LEONG Investment Bank (HLIB) is upbeat on Fitter Diversified Bhd's (FDB) maiden venture into PVC-O pipes production, which would strengthen the group's revenue model. The research house said FDB will commence with two production lines for PVC-O pipes production in October and the company hopes to capture a 10 per cent market share by end-2015.

Media Adex Rises 8.7pc in First 8 Months

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA'S overall media advertising expenditure (adex) rose 8.7 per cent to RM9.13 billion in the first eight months this year, compared with RM8.4 billion in the same period a year ago. According to information and measurement company Nielsen Malaysia, advertisers spent RM5.52 billion on television advertising during the period, compared with RM4.91 billion in the corresponding period of last year.

Astro Hooks Up with Kantar Media for Dtam Rating Service

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holding Bhd has appointed Kantar Media, a world leader in television audience measurement (TAM), to deploy and manage a proprietary audience measurement service with data collected from its subscribers' set top boxes using return path data technology. With the appointment, Astro Malaysia now has the capability to monitor and track the viewing habits of its subscribers, measuring which most popular channels and services as well as report on viewership of the advert...

Ctsm Continues Its Talent Search

KUALA LUMPUR: In a world where technology drives businesses, employee remains as one of the most important intangible assets that any organisation could have. At Citigroup Transaction Services (M) Sdn Bhd (CTSM), employees are the heartbeat of the company as it expanded Citi Service Centres (CSCs) in Malaysia.

Big Potential in Islamic Etfs

KUALA LUMPUR: ISLAMIC Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) can be the next big thing for Malaysia after the sukuk which has made the country the world's largest and most liquid Islamic bond market. Industry players are upbeat about Islamic ETFs but say a lot needs to be done to raise awareness and excitement about the investment fund which is traded on the stock exchange and can be bought from remisiers.

'Incentivise Good Corporate Governance'

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Maicsa) is proposing that tax breaks be accorded to companies for expenses incurred for good corporate governance compliance. Maicsa president Chua Siew Chuan told Business Times that the government can incentivise good governance among corporate Malaysia by according tax breaks in the form of tax deductible expenses under the 2015 Budget."

Joint Study On Urea, Ammonia Derivatives Project

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Poland's Grupo Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy S.A. and Sipitang Oil and Gas Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SOGDC) to conduct a joint feasibility study on producing urea and ammonia derivatives in the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP) in Sabah. The MoU was signed in Poland on Monday.

Card Targets Indonesian Travellers

KUALA LUMPUR: PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk, PT Indonesia AirAsia and Think BIG Digital Sdn Bhd have launched the CIMB Niaga AirAsia BIG co-branded credit card in Jakarta on Monday. Themed "Holiday On Us", the credit card targets frequent travellers in Indonesia.

Promenade Opens in Bintulu

BINTULU: The Promenade Hotels opened its fourth branch, here, recently in its bid to tap into the vibrant growth in the district. The soft opening of the business class hotel at the new Bintulu Sentral township was marked with the registration of its first guest on September 9.

Basf to Invest Euro10b Regionally

SHAH ALAM: BASF Malaysia Sdn Bhd has strengthened its commitment to be part of Malaysia as well as the region's economic growth. The unit of Germany's BASF, which is the world's largest chemical company and BASF Malaysia which celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

Oil Palm Planters 'Enduring Severe Financial Burden'

Malaysia's social safety laws of windfall profit levy and the minimum wages are meant to make cooking oil affordable to the poor, paving the way towards a high-income nation. Unfortunately, oil palm planters are suffering from these policy backfirings, writes OOI TEE CHING THE Minimum Wages Order 2012, which took effect from January last year, requires employers with six employees and above to pay a minimum wage of RM900 a month in Peninsular Malaysia or RM800 a month in Sabah, Sarawak and th...

Cimb Neutral On Aviation Sector

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Research has maintained its "neutral" call on the aviation sector but highlighted its "'add" call on AirAsia Bhd saying the low-cost carrier will benefit from the restructuring of the national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS). The research house has placed a higher target price of RM3.25 for AirAsia and kept its "hold" call on Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) with a lower target price of RM7.20.

Amresearch Rates Sarawak Cable As 'Buy'

AMRESEARCH has maintained its "buy" call on Sarawak Cable Bhd, with an unchanged sum-of-parts based fair value of RM1.60 a share. Sarawak Cable announced last Friday that it had accepted the conditional offer made by HNG Capital Sdn Bhd for the proposed acquisition of the latter's 100 per cent stakes in Universal Cable (M) Bhd (UCMB) and Leader Cable Industry Bhd for RM210 million.

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